Meet The International TEFL Academy Staff

 

Britton Schaude

Admissions advisor


 What is your role at international TEFL Academy?

Admissions Advisor


What's Your Story?

Unfortunately, IT Consultant was not the dream job I was hoping it would be after college. Luckily, a coworker told me about TEFL.  It didn’t take me long to put in my two weeks notice and get on a plane.  In the span of 14 months, I went from being a daydreaming desk-dweller who’d never left the US to a TEFL teacher who managed to travel to and through twenty European countries.

I navigated Prague’s public transportation, as well as the bureaucracy of the Czech Republic’s visa system (neither are as difficult as you’d think!).  I learned about Czech history and culture through the stories of my students, many of whom lived through Communism and saw the country’s transition into the Western world first-hand.  I also learned about my own country’s culture in a way you can only by immersing yourself into another’s.  But most important is what I learned about myself during my time abroad.  

The new challenges brought out a more confident version of myself.  I have a passion for learning with the world as my classroom. And thanks to my TEFL certificate, I have the option to teach anywhere in the world at any time in the future.  

Britton taught English in Prague!

Britton Prague

Where are you from, where did you go to college & what did you major in at college?

California-born, Minnesota-raised - so I’m super chill and way too nice. Went to The University of Iowa - Finance & Economics

Where Have You Lived/Taught Abroad

Teacher in Prague for 15 months.  I kick myself every day for not studying abroad!


What countries have you visited?

Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, and Greece

Describe Your First Travel Experience

I had never traveled abroad before deciding to move to Prague to teach English.  It took a few days to figure out communication and cultural differences, but the whole international travel thing wasn’t as difficult as I expected.  Don’t be scared to dive in head first.  It’s all part of the adventure and will become stories that you laugh about later on.

Hanging out at the Colosseum in Italy!

Britton teach english abroad in Europe

The Thrill of Travel

Czech Republic Teaching English Abroad

Britton biked from Prague to Athens!

Britton teach english abroad

Name some of your favorite literature & media:

Books: The Brothers K, East of Eden, Calvin & Hobbes, anything by Erik Larson

Films: I’m a big Leo fan - Catch Me if You Can, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Django Unchained

Music: Alt-J, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon

TV: The Office (watched seasons 1-4 at least 5 times)

What is your favorite international cuisine?

Czech dish - roasted duck, potato dumplings, cabbage, and, of course, Pilsner Urquell beer!  

Why do you like working at International TEFL Academy?

My two favorite things are going on adventures and helping other people go on adventures.  I get to do the latter every day when advising students and I experience the former by living vicariously through our alumni who are all over the world!

I can't wait to help you travel the world!

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